In 2010 the State Services Commissioner introduced a disclosure regime for chief executive expenses, gifts and hospitality. This information is made publicly available on their agency's website and linked to www.data.govt.nz.
The State Services Commissioner introduced this disclosure regime to show New Zealanders that public funds are being spent judiciously, and that senior officials are modelling appropriate behaviours. This requirement is in line with international practice, and in New Zealand; Ministers, MPs and Mayors are all subject to disclosure provisions.
The disclosure regime has operated well and chief executives have supported the disclosure process. Since 2015, Chief executives must disclose their expenses, gifts and hospitality at least annually (prior to 2015 disclosures were made every 6 months). Annual disclosures must now be published, containing information up to the end of the financial year (June 30), by the third week of July each year.
Chief executives may disclose information more frequently, for example, on a six monthly or three monthly basis. If so, Chief Executives should still ensure that a full disclosure of information up to the end of the financial year (30 June) is available by the third week in July each year.
If you need any assistance, contact SSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. *A Corporation Sole is any Crown entity that is headed by a one member board.